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Heart Qualities – a Conversation with Lila Kimhi

How can qualities of the heart—such as friendliness, compassion, trust etc. manifest in our life? What other helpful potentials are interconnected with our heart qualities? How can a practice of meditation and contemplation help us accessing these potentials?

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Practice

Exploring Obstructive Beliefs

Over the course of our lifetime, we accumulate many strategies to deal with the complex situations we encounter. Some of these strategies might still be helpful, while others are obstructive and outdated. The problem is, even if we have noticed unhealthy patterns within us, it is not enough to just know about them intellectually. This practice explores obstructive beliefs, in order to challenge and transform them.

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Contemplation

Inner Growth and Cultural Transformation

In this essential contemplation, we explore the connections between inner growth and a deeply rooted cultural transformation.

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Inspiration

Books About Meditation

There’s an overwhelming variety of literature about meditation available today. However, instead of presenting you a long list of books, we have selected the ones which are essential to us. Although from different angles, all of these writings dive deeply into the exploration of the meditator’s experience.

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Contemplation

Introduction into the Way of Meditation & Contemplation

The path of self-enquiry or self-exploration has a long tradition in different cultures. It arrives in our modern time and age in the form of the mindfulness movement. We want to go a step further and connect personal with cultural development.

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To Study the Self

To study the self is to forget the self, and to forget oneself is to realize one’s nonduality with the world. I came to realize clearly that mind is no other than mountains, rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.

— Dogen, zen master, 13th century

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Inspiration

Recommended Meditation Centers

A meditation retreat is a good opportunity to deepen one’s practice. We can recommend the listed meditation centers from our own experience.

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Inspiration

Resources for Meditators

We have compiled a list of individuals and initiatives that offer a variety of meditation resources. Most teachings with a certain depth are still to be found within a Buddhist context (Dharma). However, the listed Dharma teachers have a secular orientation.

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What is moving?

Two monks are arguing:
The flag is moving!
No, the wind is moving!

Master Hui Neng replies:
Not wind, not flag. Mind is moving.

— zen proverb

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Ego

Q: How much “ego” do you need?
A: Just enough so that you don’t step in front of a bus.

— Shunryu Suzuki, zen master, 20th century

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